Letter from the Director – Winter

Dear Members and Friends, 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the core values that drive decision making at the Wiregrass Museum of Art. We’re dedicated to providing our community with exceptional experiences and believe in the transformative power of art. Our permanent collection, a diverse exhibition schedule, and digital access to unique works of art each drive inspiration found at the museum and serve as a springboard for the many educational experiences provided at WMA. 

A group of students taking in “Frank Stella: Prints from the Permanent Collection”

As we begin a new year, I’m also thinking about how we will ensure that the work we do continues to enhance the everyday lives of our community members, elevating WMA as a cultural anchor in our region. We will continue to curate dynamic exhibitions and public programs, raising the voice of the artist; lifelong learning will remain a core principle of our mission; and we will continue to be driven by the idea that access to the arts should be enjoyed by all.

We’ll also launch new projects and initiatives in 2020 that expand our reach across the region including the launch of a free, digital app for visitors, an expansion of our artist residency program, and public programming that bridges art and social impact.

This quarter, alongside recurring programming, we will open exhibitions with two Wiregrass- area artists, which feature new work. Jenny Fine will launch her exhibition Synchronized Swimmers, an immersive, multimedia installation that will feature performers from our local community as underwater fish and sea life. After its WMA debut, the exhibition will travel across the U.S. for a couple of years. We will also be opening Telling on Myself – Recent works by Beverly West Leach, which includes personal narratives through found-object assemblages, each dealing with complex ideas through personal memory. With a range of public programs planned to support these exhibitions, there are many entry points for you to engage with exhibiting artists and to experience the museum through events and programs. 

Artist Jenny Fine in her Enterprise, Ala. studio

Creative expression is central to how we plan, teach, and provide accessible space to our neighbors. Our staff and board are committed to increasing our impact across the region, and I thank them sincerely for their efforts. I also thank each of you for your continued partnership in ensuring that our museum makes a difference in the Wiregrass for generations to come.

I hope to see you soon, and often!

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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Mask Policy

WMA asks that all campers ages 5 and up wear a mask during their museum visit, including classes and camps. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one for you. Exceptions can be made for those with documented respiratory or sensory issues. We thank you for protecting your fellow visitors and our staff!

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